A Mirror Toward Self Reflection – Blue Period Ep 8 Review 

As Yatora takes the first exam, a potential crisis turns into unlimited opportunity. This is a review and discussion for Blue Period Episode 8 on Netflix.

Check out our previous episode review here

That was another great episode!  

I’m not going to lie, the girl who knocked over Yatora’s mirror kind of pissed me off. 

At first, I thought it was a tactic – to scare and unnerve the competition.  

During the lunch break the mystery girl seemingly embarrassed herself by loudly apologizing for her mistake so I guess it was an accident but – I still would have been pissed. 

Either way, the carelessness of another exam participant seems to have helped Yatora soar.  

I really enjoy the trend of both men and women Yatora initially perceives to be intimidating being drawn towering over him. Blue Period Ep 8
I really enjoy the trend of both men and women Yatora initially perceives to be intimidating being drawn towering over him. Blue Period Ep 8

He had no clue what to do before that mistake, and ended up making it work for him. 

The proctor sensei who brought over the replacement mirror looked impressed by the direction Yatora’s art took from that brief experience. 

As our (lovable?) tsundere Takahashi mentioned, many people do just show up to exams for “trendy” and popular schools just to say they did it – with no intention of actually passing.

Honestly on the off-chance that they do pass by sheer luck, they may even turn down admission because it’s not what they truly wanted. 

So Yatora during his lunch break contemplating making friends, before realizing that only one or two people would even pass makes perfect sense.  

Why make contact with a bunch of people who may change route or switch intended career paths immediately after the exams? 

Also just to begin wrapping this up, Oba-sensei is a great teacher. 

She really knows how to foster the talent of her cram school students.  

Instead of letting them stew and “be in their head” after the first exam concluded, she took them to the museum and encouraged a change of perspective.  

Even more, the “too many options overwhelm people” argument was grand.  

The fruits of a day's labor at the museum.  Blue Period Episode 8
The fruits of a day’s labor at the museum. Blue Period Episode 8

I’m not sure if it was on purpose, but Oba-sensei perfectly illustrated why only certain tool options are allowed during the TUA exams. 

Likewise, she showed with the museum assignment assessment that most people focus on the same things in different ways, with one or two outliers. That doesn’t make the variety of artwork any less interesting because it’s not ‘eccentric’ or deviating from the norm.  

At the end of the day it’s all art – someone’s unique self-expression and interpretation of the world. 

And that’s all that really matters. 

But, tell me your thoughts. 

Oba-sensei's enthusiastic reactions to art truly are a treat in each and every episode of this series. From Blue Period Ep 8
Oba-sensei’s enthusiastic reactions to art truly are a treat in each and every episode of this series. From Blue Period Ep 8

Did you also worry that Yatora didn’t write his name on his artwork and would be disqualified? 

Did you care about the other cram school students not passing the first exam? 

Out of Kuwana and Hashida – who do you think will make the better piece during the second TUA exam? 

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more weekly Blue Period reviews and discussions!   

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